The UIDAI has taken two successive governments in India and the entire world for a ride. It identifies nothing. It is not unique. The entire UID data has never been verified and audited. The UID cannot be used for governance, financial databases or anything. It’s use is the biggest threat to national security since independence. – Anupam Saraph 2018

When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.-Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.”-A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholarUsha Ramanathandescribes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty”and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” -Edward Snowden

In the Supreme Court, Meenakshi Arora, one of the senior counsel in the case, compared it to living under a general, perpetual, nation-wide criminal warrant.

Had never thought of it that way, but living in the Aadhaar universe is like living in a prison. All of us are treated like criminals with barely any rights or recourse and gatekeepers have absolute power on you and your life.

Announcing the launch of the#BreakAadhaarChainscampaign, culminating with events in multiple cities on 12th Jan. This is the last opportunity to make your voice heard before the Supreme Court hearings start on 17th Jan 2018. In collaboration with @no2uidand@rozi_roti.

UIDAI's security seems to be founded on four time tested pillars of security idiocy

1) Denial

2) Issue fiats and point finger

3) Shoot messenger

4) Bury head in sand.

God Save India

Friday, May 25, 2018

13567 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 23rd May 2018

Did you know that digital Aadhaar card or 'e-Aadhaar' can be used just like an Aadhaar card in physical form? Yes. This was said by the UIDAI or ...

Business Standard
The accused, among whom were former bankers and employees of a finance company, had placed their own photographs on others' Aadhaar cards ...

"We are utilising Aadhaar infrastructure to first authenticate a passenger and thereafter we will be developing the database and identification ...

The New Indian Express
This came to light following the arrest of eight Rohingyas in Manipur on Monday and four of them had fake Aadhaar cards, police said.

The Telegraph India
Naugachia: Rajiv Kumar Ranjan, block development officer (BDO) in Bhagalpur district's Naugachia, has showcaused a panchayat worker for ...

Validating the success of linking the Aadhaar to the public distribution system (PDS) in Maharashtra, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Girish Bapat ...

Times of India
HYDERABAD: A host of digitalization programs, linking of Aadhaar, linking of critical infrastructures and demonetisation has made the country ...

Business Standard
"To use Digi Yatra, Aadhaar will be needed only at the time of enrollment. So, that we can identify you. We are working on other digital ID's too," he ...

... bug affecting its customers along with a vulnerability in India's Aadhaar system, a 12-digit unique identity number. Saini identified a bug that allowed ...

Voter card and Aadhaar print only the father's name. Mother's name is not mentioned. On the passport, father's name is clubbed with 'legal guardian', ...

Aadhaar, the country's huge biometric database of more than one billion citizens' data, has been repeatedly hacked, leading to the sale of consumer ...

Times of India
Referring to two fake Aadhaar units being busted recently, he added, "People of the state should be sincere and possess a nationalistic feeling.

Biren vows bill to curb influx - The Telegraph India

“We are utilising Aadhaar infrastructure to first authenticate a passenger and thereafter we will be developing the database and identification ...

ED Times (blog)
She also pointed out that her Aadhaar Card had been linked with her Vodafone number and it has now become extremely problematic for her to shift ...

The Hindu
... rights through a weakening of laws regarding Right to Information, whistleblowers and Lokpal, alongside an aggressive promotion of Aadhaar.

The New Indian Express
It was brought to the notice of the state government that due to technical and other reasons such as non-linkage of Aadhaar number at some places ...

The Telegraph India
Taking a lesson from the problem, the department has decided that farmers willing to take benefit of the scheme would have to provide Aadhaar-linked ...

The Hindu
Visakhapatnam District Badminton Association will be conducting the Annual Badminton Championship and selection trials at GVMC Swarna Bharathi ...

The Hindu
“They landed in Nepal, from where they sneaked into India by crossing the border using bogus Aadhaar cards. They strapped the bars to specially ...

The suspicion over Aadhaar shows why IIT engineers don't have solutions to India's ills: Rama Lakshmi relates Aadhaar's perceived structural ...

Times of India
BENGALURU: On May 24, 2008, when Phase I of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) was thrown open for operations at Devanahalli, the ...

Therefore candidates must carry an Original Photo-Id like Voter's ID, Passport, Driving License, Aadhaar Card, etc along with the Admit Card for ...

Greater Kashmir
Veeri stressed upon the concerned officers to ensure 100 percent distribution of job cards to the registered workers and seeding of Aadhaar with their ...

Daily Host News (press release) (blog)
Rachna Khaira, journalist at The Tribune, delivered the closing talk on the ground realities of Aadhaar, the problems with the infrastructure of public ...